freeze fracture
noun Date: 1973 preparation of a specimen (as of tissue) for examination by an electron microscope after freezing, fracturing along natural structural lines, and preparing a replica (as by simultaneous vapor deposition of carbon and platinum) • freeze-fracture adjective

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  • freeze fracture — also freeze fracturing n FREEZE ETCHING freeze fracture vt * * * see freeze fracturing …   Medical dictionary

  • freeze-fracture — ˈ ̷ ̷ ˌ ̷ ̷  ̷ ̷ noun also freeze fracturing : freeze etching herein • freeze fracture ˈ ̷ ̷ ¦ ̷ ̷  ̷ ̷ transitive verb * * * /freez frak cheuhr/, v.t., freeze fractured, freeze fracturing. to prepare ( …   Useful english dictionary

  • freeze-fracture — adjective see freeze fracture …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • freeze fracture — Method of specimen preparation for the electron microscope in which rapidly frozen tissue is cracked so as to produce a fracture plane through the specimen. The surface of the fracture plane is then shadowed by heavy metal vapour, strengthened by …   Dictionary of molecular biology

  • freeze-fracture — /freez frak cheuhr/, v.t., freeze fractured, freeze fracturing. to prepare (material) for the electron microscope by freeze fracturing. [1965 70] * * * …   Universalium

  • freeze-etching — noun Date: 1968 freeze fracture …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • freeze cleavage — See freeze fracture …   Dictionary of molecular biology

  • freeze-fracturing — noun see freeze fracture …   Useful english dictionary

  • fracture — 1. To break. 2. A break, especially the breaking of a bone or cartilage. [L. fractura, a break] apophysial f. separation of apophysis from bone. articular f. a f. involving the joint …   Medical dictionary

  • freeze-thaw weathering —   a process of physical or mechanical weathering. In areas which experience a diurnal temperature range above and below 0蚓 then water is frozen and thawed on a daily basis. As it expands when freezing, it can widen cracks in which it is held… …   Geography glossary

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